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Business litigation and counseling, as well as general litigation of tort, real estate and trust and estates matters since 1980.  "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell.  I handle cases from initial consultation through trial and appeal.  Equally skilled at mediation and arbitration claims.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    36 years, 200 cases
  2. Contracts: 15%
    36 years, 100 cases
  3. Business: 15%
    36 years, 100 cases



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  • Jeffrey Ferris Clark

    I endorse this lawyer. Ben is an excellent, ethical and hard-working attorney, with whom I've worked on many matters.


    Jeffrey Clark Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Bruce Laing

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked and consulted with Ben Ballard on several complex matters, including a complex partnership litigation, a 21 parcel partition action, and a recently concluded probate litigation. Ben's superior legal writing, litigation and negotiation skills were a primary reason each case was resolved favorably for our side. Ben's practice is on the cutting edge technologically. He uses technology to leverage the effectiveness of his legal practice and to save his clients money and time. At the same time, he communicates clearly and effectively with his clients and with co-counsel. I have referred several clients to Ben, and the feedback I have received has always been favorable. I recommend Ben Ballard without hesitation.


    Robert Laing Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

900 Larkspur Landing Circle
Ste 226
Larkspur, CA, 94939


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner (Associate 1980 - 1986)Thacher, Albrecht & Ratcliff, San Francisco CA1980 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Marin County Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1981 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Contra Costa County Superior Court Trust DisputeObtained agreement that amendment was binding, and agreement to pay beneficiary legal expense as surcharge
Marin County Partition actionObtained interlocutory judgment of partion in kind of all but one property
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Publication nameTitleDate
Marin LawyerUsing the Claim and Delivery Statute to Get or Keep Possession of Personal Property2009
Lorman Education Services publicationA Practical Guide to Estate Administration in California (contributing editor, San Francisco)2004
Marin LawyerWhen Worlds Collide: 10 Tips on Evaluating a "Marvin" Claim Asserted Against a Decedent's Estate2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - BerkeleyN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court, San Francisco CA Dec. 2011 meetingAttorney Client Confidentiality Issues Relating to Use of Social Media2011